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The Internet and Competitive Advantage: A Study of Australia's Four Premier Professional Sporting Leagues

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  • Evans, Daniel M.
  • Smith, Aaron C.T.

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Sport and the Internet have shown early signs of a prosperous marriage. Web sites with sport content are among the most popular and well trafficked, with sport followers and web users sharing remarkably similar demographics. In the United States, the sport-Internet union is projected to generate US$6.27 billion in advertising revenue alone on sports-related web sites by 2005. Despite these compelling observations, limited empirical research has been undertaken exploring how to maximise the opportunities for competitive advantage that the Internet can provide to sport organisations. This research was a response to this void, and was undertaken in three stages. Initially, empirical and conceptual Internet literature was reviewed to establish theoretical "best practice". Secondly, the Internet goals, strategies and practices of the 55 teams competing in the Australian Football League (AFL), National Basketball League (NBL), National Rugby League (NRL), and National Soccer League (NSL) were examined, using a telephone-administered survey. An 87% (N = 48) response rate was achieved. Finally, seven recommendations for closing this gap were made, including the implementation of Internet project teams and the instigation of league forums.

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  • Evans, Daniel M. & Smith, Aaron C.T., 2004. "The Internet and Competitive Advantage: A Study of Australia's Four Premier Professional Sporting Leagues," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 7(1), pages 27-56, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:spomar:v:7:y:2004:i:1:p:27-56
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    1. Vijay Sethi & William R. King, 1994. "Development of Measures to Assess the Extent to Which an Information Technology Application Provides Competitive Advantage," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 40(12), pages 1601-1627, December.
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